Act No 185/2015: The Copyright Act
The new copyright act is intended to be modern and flexible legislation that enables authors and other right holders to enforce their rights more effectively within the framework laid down by European and international law.
The act responds to the need to adapt the current legal framework to changes resulting from the development of the information society, especially the use of works and other subject matter on the internet. There was a need in practice for legislation taking into account requirements related to the protection and use of copyright works and subject matter on the internet, which would allow authors and other right holders to exercise their rights effectively while at the same time allowing users to have access to protected content under appropriate conditions. The new act is intended to be a foundation for the spreading of culture, education and research and for the development of creative industries and the internet economy and for support of creativity. Another aim of the act is to indirectly contribute to increased competitiveness in Slovakia through the creation of a vital framework for supporting innovation and investment in creative industries with high added value.
The Copyright Act provides a modern and flexible legal framework and foundation for culture, which strikes a balance between the protection of right holders and reasonable access to protected content for users.
- authors, performing artists, the makers of audio recordings, the makers of audio-visual recordings, broadcasters
- users of protected contentLegislation reasonably performing the function of the copyright act as the basic (substantive) legislative framework for culture and striking a balance between the interests of right holders, users and the general public.
Administration of the ownership rights of authors, performing artists, the makers of audio recordings, the makers of audio-visual recordings and broadcasters, including the collective exercise and protection of the ownerships rights of these right holders and support for making works and other subject-matter available to the public.